Latin Phrases and Quotes


Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin phrases that are still in used today.

  1. Placet - Welcomed approva
  2. Plaudite cives - Clap citizens
  3. Plenitudo potestatis - Supreme power, sovereign (Legal term - Also plena potestas and suprema potestas)
  4. Plenus venter facile de ieiuniis disputat - Full belly easily discusses fasting.
  5. Pluralia tantum - Word that only has plural form
  6. Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate - Plurality should not be run without need. (William of Ockham Franciscan monk and philosopher 1285-1349 AD - equivalent to "multiplicanda entia non sunt sine necessitate")
  7. Plus aequo - More than just
  8. Plus minusve - More or less (Legal term)
  9. Plus petitio - Additional amount than requested (Legal term)
  10. Plus potest qui plus valet - Who can do more is stronger (Motto of Valentines)
  11. Plus ratio quam vis - Reason can do more than force.
  12. Plus ultra - Beyond (Motto of Spain)
  13. Poenitentia Gloriosa - Glorious Penitence (Pope Alexander VIII (1689-1691) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  14. Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, is not mad
  15. Pontifex Maximus - Supreme Pontiff (abbreviated as P.m )
  16. Popule meus, quid feci tibi? - My people, what have you done?
  17. Populorum progressio - The development of the people (Encyclical written by Pope Paul VI)
  18. Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
  19. Porro unum est necessarium - Only one thing is necessary (Latin Vulgate Bible - Said by Jesus Christ)
  20. Posse Comitatus - Force of the County (Legal Term - Common Law)
  21. Possunt quia posse videntur - They can, because they think they can (Virgil)
  22. Post caritas Pestum - After charity plague
  23. Post coitum tristitia - After intercourse sadness
  24. Post Data - After the date (Compare with Post Scriptum - Used in correspondence when a comment is added on a different day - abbreviated as PD)
  25. Post festum - After the party (too late)
  26. Post festum, pestum - After the holiday, plague.
  27. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore as consequence of (Philosophical term used in logic - indicates a fallacy in reasoning, the preceding events could be irrelevant to the supposed effect)
  28. Post imbren nescitur herba; post postrivium, verba - After the rain the grass grows, after the wine, the words.
  29. Post Meridiem - Past Meridian (Afternoon after 12:00 - abbreviated as PM)
  30. Post mortem - After the death (Autopsy)
  31. Post mortem nihil est - After death there’s nothing
  32. Post mortem nihil, ipsaque mors nihil - After the death nothing, death itself is nothing (Seneca)
  33. Post Nubila Phoebus - After darkness theres light (Motto of the University of Zulia in Venezuela)
  34. Post partum - After delivery
  35. Post pisces nux sit, post carnes caseus adsit - After fish, nuts; After the of meat, cheese (Medical advise to separate these foods)
  36. Post Scriptum - Written after (Compare with Post Data - Used in correspondence when a comment is added later on the same day - abbreviated as PS)
  37. Post tenebras lux - The light after darkness
  38. Post tenebras spero lucem - I hope there’s light after darkness (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Motto of Don Quixote of the Mancha. In his shield next to a falcon and a lion)
  39. Postmoerium - After the wall (hence "pomerium or pomoerium", which was the border of the holy city of Rome)
  40. Potes currere sed te occulere non potes - You can run, but not hide
  41. Potestas omnium rerum - Extraordinary powers (Legal term)
  42. Potius mori quam foedari - Die before tarnishing the honor
  43. Prae manibus - The scope of the hand (at hand)
  44. Praeceptores suos adulescens veneratur et suspicit - The young man respected and admired his teachers
  45. Praeclarius est id virtutem assequi - Much more is to achieve this excellent virtue (Motto of the family Bruguera)
  46. Praecursor Siciliae - A Fore-Runner from Sicily (Pope Innocent VIII (1484-1492) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  47. Praefectus annonae - Prefect of supplies to the city.
  48. Praefectus praetorio - Prefect of the Praetorian
  49. Praefectus urbi - Rome Prefect.
  50. Praefectus vigilium - Prefect of vigilance (police and fire).)
  51. Praeferre patriam liberis parentes decet - Should prefer freedom more than parents
  52. Praerogativa - Prerogative (Privilege)
  53. Praescriptio longi temporis - Possession by prescriptive right (Legal term)
  54. Praesente cadavere - With this corpse present (Legal term)
  55. Praeterea censeo Carthaginem esse delendam - Furthermore, I remain of the view that we should destroy Carthage (Marco Porcia Cato, Political and General Roman Censor 234-149 BC - He said this phrase after of all his speaches)
  56. Praetor a suis volebat amari - The magistrate wanted to be loved by his family
  57. Praetor urbanus - Urban magistrate.
  58. Praetus peregrinus - Peregrine praetor (Legal term - Manager of the administration of justice among people of various nationalities)
  59. Preparemus nos pro fine temporis: Ars longa sed tempus breve - Let's prepare for the end of times: Art lives long, but time is short ( Thank you: Dr Globalist Lawyer Riviere J. Goel )
  60. Pretium Confessus - Price of confesion
  61. Pretium Doloris - Price of pain
  62. Pretium iustum mathematicum licet soli Deo notum - The price depends on many circumstances that only God knows
  63. Pretium Vilis - Low price
  64. Prima cratera ad sitim pertinet, secunda ad hilaritatem, tertia ad voluptatem, quarta ad insaniam - The first cup is for the thirst, the second for the joy, the third for pleasure, the fourth to the madness
  65. Prima Facie - At first sight
  66. Prima luce - First light (at dawn)
  67. Prima non datur et ultima dispensatur - The first is not given and last is forgiven
  68. Primo mihi - First for me.
  69. Primo occupandi - To the first occupant
  70. Primo sic - In first place, like this.
  71. Primum non nocere - First, do no harm
  72. Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm (Medical term is applied when you have to take a decision on a patient, so that the benefit is greater than the damage it can do)
  73. Primum vivere, deinde philosophari! - Live first and philosophize later (Philosophical term)
  74. Primus circumdedisti me - First to surround (Motto inscribed on the coat of arms of Juan Sebastian Elcano, who accompanied navigator Ferdinand Magellan in the first voyage around the world - Today is the name of the school-ship of the Spanish Armada)
  75. Primus inter pares - First among equals

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